Lakeys’ Week 2 NFL Fantasy Primer

Week one is in the books and now is the time when you look at your team and ask yourself “what the hell was I thinking?”. It’s easy to do, and concern will be setting in after a few of the NFL’s studs underperformed to open the year. But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt in my years of playing, it’s this: don’t panic; don’t over-react.

For instance, it was abandon-ship on all things Todd Gurley II during the preseason and while he started slowly, a stat line of 97 yards on 14 carries isn’t anything to be sneezed at. In comparison, Aaron Jones totalled 39 yards from 13 carries, but I wouldn’t be worried about that either. Running backs don’t usually fare too well against the Chicago Bears defence. Last year, they allowed an NFL least 80 rush yards per game.

On the other hand, Dante Pettis was a hot name during the preseason but there were also some worrying rumours floating around. And then he totalled just 2 snaps all game. Not catches. Not targets. Snaps. 2 plays he was on the field for. That one is a worry.

And then there’s Lamar Jackson. He was a monster in week one (like 17/20 completions, 324 yards, 5 touchdowns and a perfect passer rating good) and his Baltimore Ravens embarrassed the Dolphins 59-10. The beating was so bad that reports surfaced post-game about “several Dolphins players” contacting their agents to demand a trade. But a couple of things about that. We already knew the Dolphins would be bad. Maybe not that bad, but still bad. And the Ravens have a history of doing this in week 1.

In saying that, Lamar could be a solid start over the next month of football. The Ravens next four opponents are Arizona, Kansas City, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. In week 1, those defences gave up 1356 passing yards, 67% completions, 12 TDs while recording only 1 interception. On that note…

START / SIT

  • Tom Brady, QB, New England – After what I just said about the Dolphins, plus the way he dismantled Pittsburgh, how could you not start Brady?
  • Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta – As an Eagles fan, I’m always extremely nervous when our defence comes up against a premier passing offence. Keenum torched us last week, in the first half anyway. I’d start Ryan.
  • Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati – He had a career day in a loss to the Seahawks, but faces ex-Hawk Richard Sherman and a 49ers D that gave Jamies Winston fits. Sit him if you’ve got other options.
  • Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco – Matt could also feature below as a waiver pickup, so if he’s not rostered, keep that in mind. He’ll now start for the 9ers with Coleman and McKinnon both out for the foreseeable future and he should start for you too.
  • Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay – Despite not panicking on Jones, I think he’s a sit against a tough Vikings team.
  • Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland – TyWill jumped to WR1 in Gruden’s offence after the other clown finally got released. And he didn’t disappoint. The Chiefs also allowed DJ Chark, Chris Conley and Dede Westbrook many catches, yards and TDs. Must-start.
  • Philip Dorsett, WR, New England – If AB remains out, then Dorsett is a must-start. He just had 95 yards and 2 TDs on Pittsburgh. Now plays Miami. But only if AB is out.
  • Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota – You can’t really sit Diggs if you got him, but it’s likely to be a very tough afternoon for him against Chicago.
  • Evan Engram, TE, New York – Engram showed exactly what he can do as essentially the first-choice receiver and now plays the Bills. He’s a start.
  • Darren Waller, TE, Oakland – Anyone who watches “Hard Knocks’ will be familiar with Waller. And if you’re not, just ask Catfish about him. He’s in love. Start.

WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS

Waivers from last weekend should start clearing on this afternoon, or Thursday if you’ve got a late setup. The following is a quick hit of some of the players I would be targeting if they’re available to you.

  • DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia – The concern was whether DJax and Wentz would have had the time to develop the required chemistry for him to be a weapon from the get-go. He answered that with two-50+ yard TDs. So, I guess it’s a yes.
  • john Ross III, WR, Cincinnati – Another WR who showed out. 7 catches, 158 yards, 2 TDs. Ross is a former first round pick and the Bengals have just been waiting for him to break out. This could be it.
  • Chris Thompson, RB, Washington – Derrius Guice hurt his other knee and will now miss “a couple of games”. So, not only will AP get a recall, but Thompson should see a bigger workload.
  • TJ Hockenson, TE, Detroit – TJ Gronkenson more like. He’s already garnering some huge comparisons. Get him before it’s too late.
  • Austin Ekeler, RB, LA Chargers – This guy did Melvin Gordon no favours in his holdout for a bigger contract. Kind of like how James Connor exploded on the scene in Pittsburgh last year.
  • Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis – In the same game, Brissett looked pretty good in Andrew Luck’s old gig. There are worse options at (backup) Quarterback.
  • Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City – When the offseason Tyreek Hill scandal was in full force, the Chiefs drafted a rookie replica. And now Hill has a dislocated clavicle which will see him miss games. So sad for him.

Dream Team

We saw some big first up scores in Dream Team thanks to Lamar’s day, along with Mahomes, Watson and Wentz. It’s nice to get that initial leg up, but as I keep saying, don’t panic if you started elsewhere. There are still 16 weeks to go.

With 24 trades available to us, I’d lean towards using two if you need to fix up your team. But then only if you’ve made glaring mistakes. Anything can happen in a week, and you’ve got another chance yet to look at the guys you’ve missed before prices change.

But by all means, make those trades if you got guys like Tyreek Hill, Derrius Guice, Joe Mixon, Nick Foles, etc. Basically, anyone on the injury reports who might be looking at a couple of weeks on the sideline.

Guys I’d be looking at are Marquise Brown (WR, $3.4M), Gardner Minshew (QB, $2.6M), Hockenson (TE, $3.8M), Malcolm Brown (RB, $2.8M), Devin Singletary (RB, $2.6M), Terry McLaurin (WR, $2.6M).

P.S. what was it I said in the preseason about the Antonio Brown show??

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Wenin is one of the founding fathers of the NRLSCTalk website who's Tuesday Teams Analysis has been a feature post on the site for close to a decade. He also loves a good steak bet!

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    Magpies4Eva007
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    Hi guys! Seeking some advice on Kamara and Ju Ju moving forward.
    I could trade Kamara to Zeke and Ju Ju to Jones but are they sideways trades or do the injuries to their respective QB’s justify the trades?
    Another question – do we still see Chicago as being the number 1 defence at years end? Tempted to trade to Pats for their upcoming favourable matchups.
    Appreciate any feedback or advice.
    Cheers!

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    Defenses are up and down so don’t chase Pats on their score last week. From this point on, I think they’ll level out. I’m not supremely worried about those studs and their QB situation. Kamara will still see plenty of work, and it wasn’t Brees that was feeding him the ball. The offense may not be on field as much with Teddy B running the show but Kamara will still eat I think. JuJu would be affected more but even then, Mason supposedly has a cannon and no fear. He’s been likened to Foles for his willingness to launch downfield.… Read more »

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    Cheers Semi, much appreciated!

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    What about Davante Adams? Beeen a bit flat……?

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    Whole Packers offence has been a bit flat. I have both him and Aaron Rodgers, but I think holding strong is the best way forward. They’ve had to go up against 2 potential Top 5 defences (Top 10 at worst). Again, this week I’m not expecting much against the Broncos defence who are pretty good. They don’t really face an easy defence until Week 6/7. I’d hold strong, he is Rodgers main target, and if he has to throw it, Adams will be his first read every time.

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    Of course the jags d have a field day when I’m against them haha

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    Antonio Brown released by Patriots

    Geoff
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    Reckon he is done and dusted for the season now. No club will pick him up after the commission said he would not be placed on the exempt list until he signs with another club.

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    Some injury reports. S Barkley [ankle] 4-8 weeks [ouch] AJ Green Out for GW 4 [ankle] J Edelman [chest/ribs] monitor later in the week. D Jackson [calf] Monitor but expected to miss GW4. S Darnold Expected to return GW6. A Jeffrey [calf] Monitor later in the week] Has the early game. C Newton[foot] Out GW4. TY Hilton [Quadriceps] Monitor, is the same injury he just returned from.

    Kennedy
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    Loving these major injury updates Geoff. You pipped me in H2H in todays game because McLaurin is turning into a bit of a beast

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    They like him a lot. Hardman [WR] is another if you need one. Rises next week.

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    Couple of others, not really SC relevant. V McDonald [shoulder sprain] out GW4, A Hurnes [concussion] released from hospital Tuesday, Doubtful, monitor. and D Njoku [broken wrist] will not have surgery in the hope of returning this season.

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    Before the injuries, Melvin Gordon is reported to be ending his holdout on Thursday, not expected to play until GW5 so would be an idea to keep an eye on him next few weeks. Injuries… E Sanders [quadriceps] limited practise so far, monitor later in the week. M Williams [back] monitor later in week, P Mahomes [ankle] FULL PRACTISE.[yay] L McCoy [ankle] limited practise monitor, J Graham [groin/quadriceps] limited practise monitor. A Cooper [ankle] Limited practise MRI scan came back fine, monitor. C Ridley [hip]limited practise monitor, J Edelman [chest]monitor but expected to play.
    M Andrews [foot] monitor.

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    Jags last week and Pats this week fml. I get no luck in h2h in this game.

    Need 20 from JuJu to go 4-0 in draft though.

    Watching the replay of my dawgs flogging the rat birds and moving to the top of the division to ease the pain!

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    Opposite for me, getting towelled in the draft games but somehow jag a win in fantasy even when I stuff up and leave Chubb on the bench after a team shuffle.

    Time For Plan B
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    Does anyone have the formula for working out a players BE? Trying to work out when to sell my guys.

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    Injury report. John Ross [shoulder] is expected to miss the next 4 games. J Connor [ankle] Reports he will be training this week and playing GW5, Golden Tate has been activated [can play] after serving his suspension. Albert Wilson [hip/calf] expects to be available GW6, C Kirk [ankle] monitor, but team looking at signing another WR. P Campbell [abdominal] monitor. M Mack [ankle] monitor. D Singletary [hamstring] was close to playing GW4 is considered day to day. TJ Hockensen [concussion] monitor and the club are not concerned about his shoulder injury. A Callaway, suspension served, is available to play. D… Read more »

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    Gotkowski, Patriots kicker has been put on injured reserve as he needs a hip operation.

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    Davante Adams out this week with turf toe. Sounds contagious.

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    GW6 Injury list. C Newton OUT GW6, E Engram doubtful GW6 [monitor] Shepard [concussion] monitor. P Dorsett [hamstring] monitor. D Johnson [back] doubtful, monitor. AJ Green OUT GW6, S Watkins [hamstring] monitor. P Mahomes [ankle] expected to play, H Henry, uncertain, back training monitor, S Barkley, close, but unlikely GW6. monitor. S Darnold Will start GW6.

    Having a look through the leader board on dream team and NFLSGBN [aka NRLSGBN] is sitting in 3rd position overall and not far off the leader. Great effort.

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    Any word on Wayne Gillman. Any reason why he only ran it twice? I played him over J.Jacobs. So much regret & my i cant pick a decent captain to save my life lately

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    Yep Wayne Gillman [concussion] only has a couple of days to pass the concussion protocol before his next game, monitor later in the week.
    And I noticed they are now saying S Barkley is possible for GW6. monitor later in the week.

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    Further update. GW6. A Kamara RB [ankle] Did not practise, Questionable GW6 monitor. K Stills [hamstring] Questionable, monitor. M Rudolph QB [concussion]OUT GW6. M Andrews TE [shoulder] Questionable, monitor. M Brown WR [ankle] Questionable monitor. A Wilson WR [shoulder] Questionable monitor. S Watkins [WR [hamstring] Doubtful. D Adams WR [turf toe] Did not practise, monitor. T Hill WR [shoulder] Game time decision to be made on playing status. Panic. S Barkley RB [ankle] Could be available GW7 on the field running. AJ Green OUT GW6.

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    Wish all these assholes would stop getting turg toe and ankle injuries. Best RB option under $5.25mil anyhone?

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    Who you replacing Stebbo?. Couple of cheapies about to make coin. It goes name, price, Break Even, projected increase last weeks score. D Williams $3.26M BE -33 $1.6M Did not play. C Edmonds $3.24M BE -18 $780K 31pts R Bonnaton $2,65M BE-8 $740K 28pts. T Pollard $4.18M BE-9 $720K 3pts D Johnson $4.2M BE 7 $420K 13 pts.
    D Williams gets injured a fair bit I think so I would probably opt for Edmonds as he has the potential to increase for a few weeks.

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    David Montgomery. Got too many bye players. If they could make some $ would be good. Was looking at some guy from Cardinals who was like in the 3mil range

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    Yeah sounds like Chase Edmonds the guy mentioned above. Think he is projected for $1.5 M increase in next 2 weeks. Probably best punt.

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    Thanks mate. Do u pay the $20 to get all those BE or is there a freebie site like NRL SC stats out there? Im a cheapskate haha

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    Think I paid give me a hoi if you need any.